Chiropractic is a bio-mechanical treatment method which restores normal mobility to the joints especially the spinal joints.
The technique is used to treat problems such as twisted, tilted or blocked vertebrae and sub-luxation.
Even minimal deviations from the correct structural position can lead to severe pain and tension.
A displacement of the sacrum and coccyx causes a so-called
pelvic tilt which makes one leg appear longer than the other.
Slight displacement in the area of the first two cervical vertebrae, the
Atlas and Axis, can cause severe pain and restriction of movement in this area.
As the blood circulation to the head and spine (vertebral artery) passes through the openings in both vertebrae, symptoms such as dizziness, permanent headaches, chronic migraine, toothache and concentration problems, among many others, may arise.
The most frequent symptoms are listed below
Symptoms which can arise in relation to specific vertebrae:
1st Cervical vertebra: headaches, insomnia, psychological problems
2nd cervical vertebra: sinusitis, allergies, pains in the eyes and ears
3rd cervical vertebra: trigeminal neuralgia, acne
4th cervical vertebra: hearing difficulties, polyps
5th cervical vertebra: hoarseness, inflammation of the vocal chords
6th cervical vertebra: pains in the neck and upper arm (neck/shoulder syndrome)
7th cervical vertebra: goitre, tennis elbow
1st thoracic vertebra: coughs, breathing difficulties, pains in lower arms and hands
2nd thoracic vertebra: heart problems
3rd thoracic vertebra: asthma, bronchitis
4th thoracic vertebra: gall bladder problems, shingles
5th thoracic vertebra: liver complaints, circulation problems
6th thoracic vertebra: stomach complaints, heartburn
7th thoracic vertebra: stomach ulcers
8th thoracic vertebra: weak immune system
9th thoracic vertebra: allergies
10th thoracic vertebra: kidney complaints, tiredness
11th thoracic vertebra: eczema, acne
12th thoracic vertebra: rheumatic complaints, bloating 1st lumbar vertebra: constipation
2nd lumbar vertebra: varicose veins, intestinal complaints
3rd lumbar vertebra: menstruation problems, impotence
4th lumbar vertebra: sciatica, lumbago
5th lumbar vertebra: poor circulation to the legs, cramp in calf muscles
Coccyx: pain in that area
Early detection of structural changes in children and remedial Chiropractic treatment can prevent suffering later on in life.
It is an old wife’s tale that joints and ligaments can be „worn out“ by Chiropractic manipulation.
With Dr Ackermann’s (Stockholm) method only purposeful movements are carried out directly to specific vertebrae. No unintended slips or jerks arise resulting in „crunching or cracking“.
Whiplash and its consequences can be remedied by a few specific chiropractic movements.
However, injuries to the vertebrae or ligaments and tendons must have completely healed before chiropractic treatment is applied.
At the German „Ärztetag“ in 1976 the term Chirotherapy was coined to denote the practice of manual therapy by doctors. There is however no intrinsic difference between this and Chiropractic. Chiropractic may only be practised by Naturopaths (Heilprakitker) and doctors. Masseurs are not allowed to practice Chiropractic.
The law is even stricter in Switzerland.
A Chiropractor must first have studied the first 2 years of medicine at university followed by several years study abroad (at a school which is recognised by the Swiss Confederation) and then pass a Chiropractic Association examination.
The situation is different with Naturopaths who are registered in a particular Canton.
They are allowed to practice Chiropractic but they are not Chiropractors.
Translation by Christine McLean (Thank you !)